Resources and LinksNebraska State Suicide Prevention Summit: January 2010 :

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The original location of the Suicide Summit in Lincoln was at capacity, with 25 sites across Nebraska participating via teleconference.

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On January 29th, 2010, the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition held the annual Suicide Prevention Summit. The event was hosted by BryanLGH West  Conference Center in Lincoln, and 25 sites across the state participated via videocast through the Nebraska Statewide Telehealth Network. The goal of the event was to provide an overview of suicide as a public health concern in Nebraska, present opportunities to discuss local needs related to suicide prevention, and featured an introduction to best practices in suicide prevention.

The audience of the Summit was comprised of around 200 community members, professionals, suicide survivors, and youth and adults interested in promoting suicide prevention practices in their communities.

The keynote speaker of the Summit was Tom Osborne, Athletic Director of the University of Nebraska. He emphasized the importance of suicide prevention in youth, and described mentoring as a great way to reach out to foster children and other at-risk groups. Dr. Osborne shared how the two suicides of a

Dr. Tom Osborne was the keynote speaker for the 2010 Nebraska Suicide Prevention Summit, held at Bryan LGH West on January 29th.

childhood friend and a football player had impacted his own life.  Dr. Joann Schafer , the Chief Medical Officer of Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services , and Dr. Scot Adams, the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health in Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services, also spoke about suicide prevention efforts and need in Nebraska.  Collette Wheeler and David Tuttle of Veteran’s Affairs presented on suicide prevention efforts for returning military.

Elana Premack-Sandler of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center focused on evidence-informed best practices regarding suicide prevention. Over a working lunch, participants discussed in groups the current community activities to prevent suicide and ideas for future prevention efforts. The Summit ended with information for communities who are applying for seed grants to promote suicide prevention in their area.

Presented Information and Materials
This is only a sample of and not a complete set of information and materials presented.

Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Practices.pdf-Elana Premack-Sandler of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Inventory of Existing Suicide Prevention Services and Needs - Dave Miers
Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) - Don Belau, Travis Parker, Dave Miers
Nebraska Rural Response Hotline - Marilyn Mecham
QPR Trainers for Nebraska - Kate Speck
Suicide in Nebraska - Peg Prusa-Ogea

For more information, contact:

Don Belau
(402) 759-0573
Denise Bulling
(402) 472-1509
Dave Miers
(402) 481-5165
Tarik Abdel-Monem
(402) 472-3147

Participating Sites:

  • Alliance
  • Aurora
  • Basset
  • Burwell
  • Chadron
  • Columbus
  • Crete
  • Falls City
  • Grand Island
  • Hastings
  • Kearney
  • Kimball
  • Lincoln
  • Norfolk
  • North Platte
  • Omaha
  • O'Neill
  • Papillion
  • Pender
  • Saunders
  • Scottsbluff
  • Sidney
  • South Sioux City
  • Superior
  • York

Event Sponsors:
Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition; Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services;
BryanLGH Medical Center; Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska; University of Nebraska Public Policy


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This webpage was developed under grant number 5U79SM061741 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) via the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.